Pre-pilates at the Country Park

Thursday 19th May 2016

As usual on a Thursday Max and I walked at Upton Country Park this morning. This was the view over Upton Lake towards Poole as we walked around.

View over Upton Lake to Poole

Max likes the Country Park: he gets to play in the stream.

Waiting for his cone

Today we saw the buzzard – we haven’t seen him (or is it her) for ages.

Its been a while since we've seen the buzzard on his perch

The blossom was looking rather nice this morning.

Blossom

And here’s a shot of the blossom looking up through the branches of the trees.

Blossom covered branches

And lastly for today, we came across this lovely rhododendron as we walked through the gardens.

Rhododendron

A year ago today

I grabbed the camera when I saw this blackbird sunbathing in the garden.

Playing dead

Broadstone Rec. in bloom

Friday 13th May 2016

What with poor weather and visiting my Dad on Wednesday (now a regular thing) I haven’t taken any more photos this week until today. As I was later with my walk today (I do my shopping first on a Friday) Jez decided she was coming with Max and I, so we went to Broadstone Rec. It was a bit chilly when we started out, although later the sun came out, which was nice.

This is the time of year when the trees and shrubs are in bloom at the Rec.

Firstly there’s the blossom.

Blossom

And then there’s the rhododendrons. We have purple..

. Rhododendron

… White …

Rhododendron

… and a purple bud.

Rhododendron bud

There are also some very colourful azaleas, such as this flame one…

Azalea

… and this yellow one.

Azalea

We had a nice little walk, although it was longer than I expected thanks to Jez leading the way: but then, what’s new?

Today was also our 34th Wedding anniversary. We didn’t go out, but we opened a bottle of champagne in the evening and I cooked Chris a new curry recipe for dinner, which was very tasty.

A year ago today

As an anniversary surprise I took Chris to see the Anthony Gormley ‘Land’ statue at Kimmeridge Bay.

Land, by Anthony Gormley

Deja Vu

Thursday 5th May 2016

Max and I had a nice sunny morning to walk at Upton Country Park.

Morning sunshine at Upton Country Park

I took a few photos to show the progress of spring, and only when I came to check them over and adjust them did I realise that they are virtually identical to the ones I took here last week! But I’ll share them anyway.

So we have the Woodland Walk (plus Max).

Spring in the Woodland Walk

Blackthorn blossom.

Blackthorn Blossom

And blossom in the old orchard.

Blossom

Sorry about that.

A year ago today

We met Moby on Canford Heath.

We finally meet Moby

Spring is coming to Upton Country Park

Thursday 28th April 2016

Max and I went to the Country Park for our walk this morning, before I headed on to my pilates class. The sun was out again and there were clear signs that spring is truly with us now.

The Woodland Walk is turning green.

Spring has come to the Woodland Walk

And some of the hawthorn now has its blossom.

Hawthorn Blossom

There’s blossom out in the old orchard too.

Blossom

Such a day makes one feel so much better.

A year ago today

We took my Dad to Moors Valley Country Park to see a Wildlife Photo exhibition. This is the lake there. The Lake

A spring walk at Kingston Lacy

Tuesday 19th April 2016

So we have been to see the bluebells at Badbury Rings, and we’ve been to see the bluebells at Pamphill, both of which are part of the National Trust Kingston Lacy estate, and today it was the turn of Kingston Lacy itself.

Kingston Lacy House

Max and I wandered across to the Woodland Walk, and today decided to explore the section north of the play area, towards the main road. It’s looked too muddy up until now to go that way. I have to say, though, it was a tad boring and I’m not sure I’ll bother again unless I’m looking for a slightly longer walk. There are nowhere near as many bluebells in the woods here, but there were one or two banks of them, like this one here.

Bluebells in the Woodland Walk

And I quite like this photo of the individual flowers.

Bluebells

Further on round the wild garlic is coming into flower, and the smell was really pungent.

Wild Garlic

Such a pretty little flower.

In the formal gardens the blossom is out: seen here with daffodils.

Blossom and daffodils

And here, on it’s own.

Blossom

The Japanese garden is starting to look pretty too.

Japanese Garden

And last, but by no means least, a near-perfect camellia bloom.

A near-perfect Camellia

Isn’t that beautiful?

A year ago today

I don’t have any photos of a year ago today, so instead I’ll include another one from a year ago yesterday: this time of Chesil Bank (leading out to Portland Bill) and The Fleet.

Chesil Bank and the Fleet

Signs of life on Upton Heath

Friday 1st April 2016

After I’d done my grocery shopping this morning I took Max to Upton Heath. Without Jez in tow we are able to do slightly longer walks again, so today I walked him over, and then we went up the Roman Road before turning out onto the heath.

Looking across Upton Heath

As we walked across towards the viewpoint I was surprised to see this orange jelly fungus on an old silver birch tree: surprised because I don’t know how I’d managed to miss it before.

Jelly fungus on a silver birch

Further on and the Haircap Moss is in flower (or whatever you call it when it comes to moss).

Flowering Haircap Moss

I don’t know what I did, but I think when I knelt to take that photo I put my hand in something to which I’mĀ allergic. As I walked on I realised my hand itched, but it was only the next day when I spotted the trail of blisters across my hand and onto my fingers: so bad I had to take my wedding rings off!

We walked up to the viewpoint and then down the hill to Max’s favourite pond, and then headed home via the lower heath, where the silver birch trees are starting to get their leaves.

The Silver Briches are coming to life

Spring is upon us!

A year ago today

Narcissi at Upton Country Park.

Narcissi

Spring blooms at Broadstone Rec.

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Sorry for the delay in posting everyone. I’ve been quite busy recently (a short spell of fine weather means I’ve been starting to try and tidy the garden up). I’ve also got into the doldrums again with my photography. I have a total absence of inspiration and find I am taking the same photos over and over again. So I’ve had my camera with me less, and on occasion, when I have had the camera, I’ve not really ended up with anything worth sharing. Sunday was a case in point. We went to Wareham Forest for our walk and the only photo I ended up with was one of Jez in her jumper!

So onto today, and when Jez decided she wanted to come for a walk this morning I took both dogs to Broadstone Rec. I didn’t take my camera. I knew there were likely to be shrubs in bloom, but the light was poor so I didn’t this I’d get any decent shots. In the end I used by iPhone.

So we start off with a Magnolia bloom, covered in dew.

Magnolia bud

Here’s a Camellia bud.

Camelia Bud

And some Camellia flowers that are open.

Camelia Camelia

Even some of the Azaleas are already in flower.

Azaleas

And I’m not sure what this is, but I thought it was very pretty.

Pretty shrub

And lastly, to finish, a photo of Jez. A dog barking up the hill has caught her attention.

Something has caught Jez's attention

It wasn’t a particularly long walk, but it was plenty long enough for Jez nowadays.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath.

View of the old tip